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Openings This Week: CT | A Street Store, A Viviane Sassen Solo Show and The Greatest Hits


With everything back to normal after the festive season, the galleries in Cape Town are kicking the year off with a street store, two solo exhibitions and two group shows.


Tuesday, 14 January


The First Street Store happens on the sidewalk, outside The Salesian Institute in De Waterkant.




The world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free “pop-up clothing store” for the poor, found entirely on the street and curated by you. Hang up donated clothes, and drop shoes in boxes. Then the homeless help themselves.


2A Somerset Road, De Waterkant (Outside The Salesian Institute).


Check out the The 1st Street Store‘s Facebook Event for more info today’s store.


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Thursday, 16 January


Pikin Slee, Viviane Sassen’s third solo exhibition opens at Stevenson Gallery.


Alísi (2013) C-print 45 x 30cm Edition of 5 + 2AP

Alísi (2013)
C-print 45 x 30cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP


Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the rainforest of Suriname. Sassen was intrigued by the village and its inhabitants; she saw her own history as somehow tied to theirs, in their respective connections to Africa and the Netherlands. The overwhelming natural surrounds and the Saramacca’s very traditional way of living caught her eye, combined with the more mundane objects which seemed to seep through daily life.

Mainly in black and white and of contained format, Sassen’s series of abstract compositions and elusive subjects are an exploration of the beauty of the everyday, an investigation of the sculptural qualities of the ordinary.


Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.


Exhibition runs 16 January – 22 February 2014.


Go here for more info.



Mavambo Erwendo (Beginning of a Profound Journey), Portia Zvavahera’s first solo exhibition opens at Stevenson Gallery.


Gentle Touch (2013) Oil-based printing ink on paper 150 x 124cm

Gentle Touch (2013)
Oil-based printing ink on paper
150 x 124cm


Zvavahera’s paintings display a deep understanding of colour and the language of Expressionism in a raw style of painting seldom seen in southern Africa. A distinctive aspect of her works is her integration of her painterly mark-making with print-making in the form of textile-like patterns in her imagery. Her subjects are drawn from her life and dreams and express her deeply personal concerns relating to marriage and birth, parental love, human isolation and social injustice.


Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.


Exhibition runs 16 January – 22 February.


Go here for more info.



EWS, works from the estate of Ernest Mancoba, his wife Sonja Ferlov and their son Wonga opens at Stevenson Gallery.


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Ernest and Sonja settled in Denmark where both became members of the newly founded CoBrA group of abstract artists (CoBrA is an abbreviation of Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam), and he exhibited with the legendary group between 1948 and 1950. In 1952 they returned to France with their young son, Wonga.

Throughout Mancoba’s life, he searched for the universal in art and humanity in the belief that art was ‘a means to favour a greater consciousness in Man, which … is part of the struggle for any human liberation’. He was always in his search for the purest essence of the figurative form. As a sculptor, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (born 1911) was a member of the Danish surrealist group linien, which later formed the artistic foundation of the CoBrA group.


Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.


Go here for more info.



Monday, 20 January


Greatest Hits 2013: Industrial Harvest, Curated by Kirsty Cockerill, opens at AVA Gallery.


By Jake Singer

By Jake Singer


Greatest Hits 2013 is a curated exhibition with artworks selected from the Michaelis school of Fine Art UCT, Ruth Prowse School of Art and Stellenbosch University Graduate exhibitions. Greatest Hits 2013 offers an overview of the local and broader discourses that run through the three schools and reflects the quality of work produced by the graduate students in 2013.


Participating artists : Sarah Akerman, Jessica Arnot, Jamie Belford, Gregory R Bertrand, Katinka Bester, Sarah Biggs, Annchen Bronkowski, Stephané E. Conradie, Yazmin Ezzideen, Isabella Knemeyer, Rudi le Hane, Linki Lutz, Angus MacKinnon, Mitchell Messina, Tess Metcalf, Berry Meyer, Garth Morris-Davies, Rosie Mudge, Noël Platts, Alexandre Rochard, Carolina Salinas, Amy Sephton, Jake Singer, Molly Stevens, Nikita Stevens, Andrew Thomas, Anika van der Westhuijzen, Alexia Vogel, Cora Wasserman, and Joshua Williams


AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town.


Exhibition runs 20 January – 27 February.


Go here for more info.




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